(Closed) Flu Shots: Yay or Nay?

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  • poll: Will you be getting a flu shot?

    Yay

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    Not sure

  • Post # 62
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    I’ve had the flu multiple times.  I know how much it sucks.  It does not compare to what happened when I suffered a reaction to the vaccine.

     

    Post # 63
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    It is possible from the FluMist.  That’s why some people don’t have a choice and have to get the shot and not the mist if they want to be vaccinated.

    ETA: Sorry wrong tag.  Flu shot – no.  Flu vaccine – possibly depending on the form.

     

    Post # 64
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    @just_another_dandelion:  See above post.  It isn’t always a dead virus.

    Post # 65
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    @sweetchiquita12:  What do you mean by ‘myth’?

    Post # 66
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    I get them free through work as well but have never gotten the shot. I got the flu once about 6-7 years ago in college. It wasn’t too horrible, I’m pretty in tune with my body so once I started feeling sick I went to the DR & got tamiflu & felt back to normal within a few days. I’m a pretty healthy individual that takes precautionary measures around that time(s) of the year to build up my immune system (lots of vit. C, echinecea, OJ, gloves, hand sanitzer)and I don’t really work with the public… The fact that they have so little time to test the flu shot annually kind of skeeves me out, plus they are always saying they will run out of shots towards the end of the season, so I’d rather take my chances so a mom or elderly person is able to get theirs…

    Post # 67
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    @BeckyS0:  Funny that they run out near the end there.  Here, the shortage tends to be earlier in the season, and later there is no problem finding it.

    Post # 68
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    @Bridey77:  If I was in an at-risk group (eldery, a child, pregnant, or a medical professional) then I probably would. However, the only time I ever got a flu shot, I got terribly ill. I don’t plan to repeat the process.

    Post # 69
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    I have never had the flu, nor a flu shot, I don’t plan on getting one.. DH hasn’t either.. But, he also has Crohns Disease and is on a treatment called Remicade which lowers his immune system and therefore if he were to get one, he would have to have the *MUCH LESS EFFECTIVE* synthetic antibodies, over the living, microbal antibodies because it could make him deathly sick.

    Post # 70
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    @LindyLu:  +100000000!

    I get the flu shot for my imunocompromised patients, and the imunocompromised people in the community. As an RN, it is the least I can to do avoid making myself a vehicle for the flu, which could actually kill someone. And hey, fun side effect- I’m not flat on my back miserable for two weeks. What’s the harm?

    The other thing people should keep in mind is the combined immunities you’ll have after getting the flu shot for 20 years. The flu changes every year, but there are some similarities that carry over. People who got the flu shot in 1976 were partially protected against H1N1 in 2009, before a vaccine was available. That could have potentially saved lives, if H1N1 had materialized into the crazy epidemic they were predicting. Who knows what we will be protected against in the future, if we get our vaccines now! 

    Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/04/23/us-flu-shots-idUSTRE63M2Y420100423 (There are more, this is just the first that popped up when I searched.)

    Post # 71
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    @MrsPaperFlowers:  The vaccine doesn’t contain antibodies, they are produced by the body in response to the prescence of the antigen in the vaccine.

    Post # 72
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    @AB Bride:  +1.

     

    I guess I should’ve added that while I have always gotten the flu shot every year, I absolutely will not do the flu mist. Not to say that no one shouldn’t, but I have asthma, and it’s contraindicated for that. Plus, while the risk is very small, people who get the flu mist are able to pass the virus on to others, even if they themselves do not get the flu. I’m not willing to risk that for my immunocompromised patients, and neither is administration- they offer only flu shots to hospital employees. 

    Post # 73
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    @AB Bride:  Perhaps I misunderstood.. But I know there is something living in most vaccinations that he cannot have, that it will make him very sick

    Post # 74
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    A flu shot is way, way, way safer than actually getting the flu. As a scientist working in drug development, it drives me insane when people question vaccines.

     

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    @FauxBoho:  That’s 100% coincidence. Given the latent lag time of the flu virus and the fact that it is literally NOT POSSIBLE to get the flu from the shot, that’s completely unrelated (the flu SHOT is different from the flu MIST, btw and has no live flu particles in it). You were infected but not yet symptomatic when you got the shot. Also, the flu shot does not cover all strains – it is developed to cover the strains that are predicted to be dominant that year. Sometimes that mix is off.

     

    Post # 75
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    @MrsPaperFlowers:  Most flu vaccinations contain a dead virus.  He would not be able to get the FluMist, the spray, as it contains a weakened virues.  Antibodies aren’t living or dead, they are proteins.

    I haven’t seen studies that have shown the FluMist to be more effective, but in Canada it’s still fairly new.

    Post # 76
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    @crayfish:  For most people, it depends on the person.

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